A Message from the Director
In just a month or so, I'll have been with ACF for almost 10 years! Where did the time go!? Well, actually, I know where the time went and not all of that time was easy and sometimes it wasn't that pretty.

But guess what?!

ACF is still here, strong and mighty! We are still grantmaking! We are building up our own funds without having to rely on dollars from outside of the region for grantmaking. We are working on creating new program opportunities for our grantee partners as well as running our second year of Out in the South, see more about that below.

I'm so happy and so excited to have reached this point with an organization I have so much passion for. However, before my brain and blood pressure explodes, I'm going to take some R&R&R (rest, reflection, and rejuvenation) time. 

I'm taking a sabbatical y'all!

So no more bitmojis or Star Trek analogies from me until after September 24th. We have board members in place to sign those grant checks, staff in place to thank all of our wonderful donors, and other backup support to answer any questions in my absence.

Don't miss me too much. I'll be back!!!

Peace, love, and justice,
Inside ACF
Last month the FOCIS Giving Circle, a program fund at ACF who are committed to growing with the communities in which they live and work, meet for the first time with their new partners, The STAY Projecta network of young people, aged 14-30, who are committed to supporting one another to make Appalachia a place we can and want to STAY, to make decisions on their grants for 2018.

It was certainly Intergenerational grantmaking at it's finest! We see this new union as an opporutnity to create a long legacy of making investments in the grassroots efforts of indiviuals and organizations in Central Appalachia that are working for Change, not Charity. 

They awarded seven grantes for a total of $7,500. You can read more about the grants they made here.
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Out in the South

LGBTQ+ people in Appalachia are many and mighty, but in everyday life, we are often separated, and even isolated. We experience isolation in different & similar ways, across rural and urban landscapes, so spaces that break the isolation of queer communities here are necessary for our well being.

Courtney Roark writes last year on the West Virginia Hub's blog, “For me, the most important community I’m a part of doesn’t hold a physical space – it’s people. It’s the people who make me feel loved, valued, safe, and whole – all things that sometimes can’t be found in a physical space. In the two years that I’ve lived in West Virginia I have relentlessly sought out a physical space where queer folks gather.”

Our Appalachian LGBTQ+ communities need a place to get together, be visible, raise our voices, speak our truth and organize. You can be a part of creating that powerful place. Please give now to hold Regional Gatherings for Appalachian LGBTQ+ people in Fall 2018 with ACF’s Out in the South: Central Appalachia Project!


Announcing Out in the South Regional Gathering, August 11th 1-5pm in at the Appalshop's Boone Youth Center. Register today and join us in Whitesburg, KY. Stay tuned for two more gatherings later in the fall in West Virginia and VA/TN. 

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Regional News
The Appalachian Funder's Network's Strengthening Community Capacity Working Group needs your help to collect info on nonprofit leadership programs in Appalachia. If your org runs one, please complete the survey! http://bit.ly/sccwgsurvey 
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The Center for Health, Environment & Justice (CHEJ) has a Small Grants Program for grassroots groups working on environmental health and justice issues.

Grassroots communities of color, low wealth, rural and urban groups are encouraged to apply. This grant program will support projects that help groups move toward their goals by building leadership, increasing capacity and/or providing training and education. A priority of CHEJ’s Small Grants Program is to help grassroots community groups to build their capacity. The program is designed to especially reach people from low wealth communities and communities of color who are impacted by environmental harms.

Proposals are due August 3, 2018 and the project must be completed and a final report submitted by May 17, 2019.
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Save the Date! Grassroots Gathering

September 28-30, 2018
Airfield Conference Center, Wakefield, VA
Chillin' & Grillin' in the Glades Wise, VA 
Chillin’ and Grillin’ In The Glades was first started in 2013 as an amateur BBQ contest.  With the help of the Town of Wise, The Wise Business Association, Wise County Tourism Office, and RTE 23 Music Festival this event has since evolved into a three day BBQ & Music Festival featuring a professional Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS) sanctioned contest to crown the Virginia State BBQ Champion.
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West Virginia

The 22nd Annual Appalachian Festival is three big days packed with arts, crafts, entertainment, music, food and fun!

We can't wait to see you in  Raleigh County, Friday, August 24, Saturday, August 25, & Sunday, August 26, this festival promises to deliver.

Don’t miss the Appalachian Festival!  It’s sure to delight your senses and put a smile on your face

See you soon!

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MACED is partnering with East Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program (EKCEP) to create some great opportunities for displaced coal industry workers who want to start a new career in the energy economy. Other candidates may also be qualified as determined by EKCEP. These New Energy Internships pay well and are designed to lead either to full employment or the opportunity to start a new business in the new energy economy.
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WOZO Festival 2018

Uprisings Then - Uprisings Now!

Southern Women Workers School

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Please mark your calendars now!

September 14, 2018

The purpose of this conference is to train and educate our campus and community in the prevention, response, advocacy, and treatment for sexual assault victims. The conference is an initial effort to eliminate misconceptions and to begin to create an environment that will better take care of victims/survivors. Join Law Enforcement, Nurses, Counselors, Rape Crisis Helpers, Community Members, Students, and Anyone Interested in Cultural Change
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Wednesday, August 1st at 6pm we will host a meeting for volunteers or others interested in assisting Tennesseans looking for health coverage. The meeting will be at our office building in Nashville, in TAADAS' conference room on the first floor.
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Women in Black is pleased to co-sponsor a special staged reading of There is a Field from Donkeysaddle Projects in collaboration with Highlander Center's Seeds of Fire Camp. Doors open at 6:30. Performance begins at 7pm.

Saturday, July 28 at 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
The Emporium Center
100 S Gay Street Knoxville, TN 37902
Suggested Donation: $10
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Music Jam featuring:
 Dixie Nicely and Wendy Sturgill
Narrow Ridge invites our friends and neighbors to join us for our open music jam on Saturday, July 21 at our outdoor stage just up the road from our Mac Smith Resource Center at 1936 Liberty Hill Rd. We are happy to announce that local artists, Dixie Nicely and Wendal Sturgill, will kick off the festivities from 6:30 to 7:00 pm. 7:00 will begin the open mic/jam portion of the evening when we invite guests to share their talents in a forum that provides equal time to all who wish to participate.
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Knoxville Brewers' Jam
Do you have ideas about how we can make this year's Brewer' Jam even better? Do you
have a fondness for being on committees and drinking good beer? If so, we need you for
the Knoxville Brewers' Jam Committee!

Starting in June, the committee will meet twice a month (days and times TBD) to help with planning, marketing and event coordination leading up to the event on October 6, 2018. If you are interested in helping plan the 2018 Knoxville Brewers' Jam, please contact Leah Arneson by clicking the link below
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2018 Summer Trainings

Rape Prevention & Education Institute
Intersectionality & Prevention: A Case by Case Study
August 2-3, Franklin, TN

This two-day institute focuses on the prevention of sexual violence. This year's theme is Intersectionality & Prevention: A Case by Case Study; the Institute will include keynotes and workshops about Mental Health, Immigration, the Prison Rape Elimination Act, prevention for LGBTQ persons/communities, the Safe Bars initiative, and more!

Advocates, university staff, students, activists, and other allies in the field are encouraged to join us to learn about strategies, tools, resources, emerging issues, and revolutionary trends in the field of sexual assault primary prevention.
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SOCM, Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment, a statewide, multi-issue, multi-racial community organization working for social, economic, and environmental justice in Tennessee, is seeking applications for a community organizer position. SOCM is democratically run by its members and invests in member leadership development as well as winning issues that affect their lives. 

SOCM Organizers work with members in chapters on local issues and in issue committees on statewide campaigns to help set strategy, build leadership, carry out work plans, and move campaigns forward. SOCM is committed to anti-racism work and to organizing that builds greater racial diversity. Position requires the ability to travel to chapter meetings, fundraising, and extensive writing duties.

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Opportunities In Central Appalachia

ACLU-TN is seeking a dynamic and thoughtful Administrative and Technology Manager. We are sharing the job description (link below) with you in the hopes that you might know the perfect candidate.

This person will be responsible for ensuring the smooth daily functioning of ACLU-TN’s office operations, including administering human resources, managing day-to-day maintenance of the ACLU-TN’s IT infrastructure, managing office volunteers, and providing administrative support to the Executive Director.

If you have any questions about the position please click on the link below.

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Kentuckians For The Commonwealth, a statewide grassroots social justice organization, is accepting applications for three Organizer Apprentice positions in eastern Kentucky (specific locations to be determined).

Kentuckians For The Commonwealth is a statewide grassroots organization; a community of people, inspired by a vision, building New Power, for all of us. Together, we organize for a fair economy, a healthy environment, new safe energy and an honest democracy. We are a fast growing organization with over 11,000 members and 14 county or multi-county based chapters across the state.

We believe in the power of community organizing – people working together to achieve common goals. Organizing empowers us to help shape decisions affecting our lives and the larger community. It's a long-term approach that focuses on building and exercising power, especially among people affected by injustice, to improve the quality of life for all.

Organizer Apprentices are paid, full-time members of KFTC’s staff team. These positions will last through December 2018. Applicants should have an appreciation for and commitment to community organizing, leadership development, and KFTC’s vision for social change. Apprentices will learn organizing skills and contribute to KFTC’s grassroots power building strategies, including voter outreach and engagement.

Access the full job description and apply online at: www.kftc.org/jobs.

For more information, contact Lisa Abbott at: hiring@kftc.org. KFTC is an equal opportunity employer. Women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Apply Here

New Opportunities to Volunteer with TIRRC This Year!

Do you want to get more involved with the immigrant and refugee community?
Volunteer with TIRRC! We’re excited to launch our new volunteer program.
We have many upcoming volunteer activities, including helping out at our legal workshops, English classes, and events!
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